Following on from our recent blog on emotional dysfunction in sexual addiction we continue our series which explores the inherent role of emotional dysfunction in all addictive disorders. We will explore eating disorders later. Here we use excerpts from a very interesting article (1) on Deficits in emotion […]
I am a recovering alcoholic/addict, researcher into the neuropsychology of addictive behaviours, writer and blogger at http://alcoholicsguidetoalcoholism.com/
and have contributed to various other addiction/recovery-based websites such as Addictionland, Klen + Sobr and Recovery SI.
I currently research and write theoretical articles with academics from a UK University
We have in previous blogs discussed how substance addiction seems to have emotional processing and regulation deficits at the heart of their manifestation and act as pathomechanisms in propelling these disorders to eventual chronicity. In the next series of blogs we will be discussing whether fundamental emotional processing […]
Throughout our blogs so far we have looked at who the vulnerability to later alcoholism is transmitted genetic via family members. The task for science is answering the question – “What exactly is inherited in this vulnerability?” Again via various blogs we have looked at certain vulnerabilities that we […]
Originally posted on Inside The Alcoholic Brain:
A constant thread throughout our blogs so far has been an assertion that alcoholism and addiction are primarily emotional regulation and processing disorders. So we were thus very interested to find this article (1) which describes how we are not the…
Family history of alcoholism interacts with alcohol to affect brain regions involved in behavioral inhibition
We cite and quote directly from a very interesting article on how a family history of alcoholism contributes to impulsivity, the one psychological domain that turns up repeatedly and is supported in studies of alcoholics, addicts and those at risk genetically from these addictive disorders. Impulsivity from an […]
When I first came into recovery I was assigned a task which has gone on to shape much of my thinking about my alcoholism and addiction. I was prompted by my wife to sit with my emotions, that is, to sit in one place beside my wife and […]
One of my pet hates in experimental study is researchers suggesting that one can generalise findings from a non-clinical group of participants in a particular study to a clinical group, not in the study. For example, most studies in Psychology and in Neuroscience are conducted on very well […]
In a recent blog we looked at the possibility that those with a positive family history of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) experience a heightened stimulant response to alcohol in addition to a blunted response to more negative impairing effects. In other words sons and daughters of alcoholics at risk […]
The ability to ‘hold one’s liquor’ indicates risk of developing alcohol problems A study from last year showed that an ability to “hold one’s liquor” is likely to become a risk factor for longer-term problems as tolerance to alcohol develops. “People who feel less impaired after drinking are at […]
I am delighted to say I have been invited to be an “Addiction Expert” with Addictionland and will be the expert blogger for the month of December 2014. So check me out there as well.